On this 6ha vineyard, 15 year-old cordon spur-trained Sangiovese Grosso vines are planted at a density of 4,500 plants/ha. The grapes are harvested by hand in the last week of September, are then crushed and transferred to tank by gravity. The Brunello endures 18 days maceration / fermentation period (29C) with natural yeasts and frequent punch-down of the cap during the first week to promote extraction. The wine is then racked 2/3 times until March, when it is transferred to oak. The aging process takes 3 years in 20HL Allier and Slavonian botte followed by 2 years in bottle. 14,000 bottles produced.
Le Chiuse Brunello is a clear wine, bright garnet red in colour. It has an intense persistent fragrance, pure and full-bodied. Various fragrances can be recognize, from forest fruits to light vanilla. To the taste the wine is smooth and elegant, dry with an excellent persistent of aroma. It ages well, improving with time. It should be served at a temperature of 18-20°C, the bottle having been left in a warm place for at least 24 hours and uncorked several hours before serving. Every vintage has its own determining characteristics and features. In the best vintages, 20% of the production is seat to age in our cellars for a further year thereby becoming "Reserve"." --Simonetta Valiani
Score: 92 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
A silky and pretty Brunello 2010 with citrus, dried cherry and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Drink now.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
A fruity style, boasting raspberry, kirsch, tobacco and spice flavors. A hint of licorice creeps in as this plays out on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2028.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
Here's a tight and streamlined Brunello that is ready to drink out of the gate. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is redolent with sweet fruit aromas of red cherry and dried raspberry that are characteristic of this vintage. That bright core is surrounded by light tones of spice, cola and tobacco. The wine is very drinkable and enjoyable, but it does lack the intensity and nuance of a cooler growing season. The results are pleasing and forthcoming.
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Poised and structured, this gorgeous wine opens with intense, enticing scents of perfumed berry, rose, violet, leather and a balsamic note. The delicious palate doles out juicy wild cherry, black raspberry cinnamon, white pepper, nutmeg and star anise alongside firm, velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 20182028.
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